Fantasy Baseball: Wednesday News and Notes
Last Night Rewind
- You can set your watch to certain things. The sun will rise. The media will overreact to a hot start by the Blue Jays. Brett Favre will drag out his retirement. The one other constant—Manny Ramirez will hurt his hamstring and be removed from a game. That happened last night and Ramirez is now listed as day-to-day.
- It was not his best outing of the season, but it was another effective one for Cliff Lee that will help the Mariners get more when they trade him. Lee finished off his third consecutive complete game by getting a win against the Yankees. He has now allowed four earned runs in his last 27 innings while striking out 18 and walking just one hitter.
- The Phillies placed Chase Utley and Placido Polanco on the DL yesterday. Utley hurt his thumb on a slide over the weekend. MRI results did not show a break, but could not register the severity of the sprain either. It seems to be the year of thumb injuries right now. Polanco was suffering from bone spurs in his elbow.
- David Ortiz continues to rake against Tampa Bay this season. He is now hitting .308 in 26 at-bats in 2010 with three home runs and eight RBI with a 1.189 OPS. Ortiz has certainly struggled of late, some of which could be attributed to his needing to play the infield as well, but he continues to be a steady presence in the Boston lineup.
- Denard Span did something pretty unique last night, hitting three triples in the win against the Tigers. Span is hitting .345 in the last week, scoring five runs and driving in eight. He has been impressive at home all season, hitting .387, and is hitting .394 against the Tigers in 2010.
- Outside of the 3-for-15 of Shane Victorino, the Phillies have good numbers against Aaron Harang. While Ryan Howard is just 4-for-15, he does have three home runs in the process.
- Most of the league has teed off on Wandy Rodriguez, and the Brewers are no exception. Only one in the lineup to be wary of is Prince Fielder. The first baseman is 5-for-24 without a home run against the Houston starter. Otherwise, nothing but goodness. Have to like the 6-for-16 of Ryan Braun, and he adds three home runs as well.
- Jair Jurrjens is slated to take the ball for the first time since suffering a rough hamstring injury. He pitched well in his bullpen session over the weekend and is set to take his place in the rotation. The Braves have not fully decided if he will replace Kawakami or Medlen in the rotation, but the safe bet is that he is in there to stay. If you can hold off on him this start do so, just to make sure he is healthy.
- Ugly numbers for the White Sox against Zack Greinke. Paul Konerko is 7-for-51 with 15 strikeouts and Alexei Ramirez is only 3-for-20. While Carlos Quentin is just 4-for-17, he does have three home runs against the Kansas City starter.
- Outside of Adrian Beltre and his 7-for-16 mark, there is no one on the Red Sox worth a start against Matt Garza. Garza has owned the Boston lineup, holding them to a .214 average as a team even when you add in the numbers of Beltre. David Ortiz is 4-for-21 but does have three home runs against Garza lifetime. No player besides Beltre that will start is above .222.
- Milton Bradley is 3-for-18 against Javier Vazquez, and Jose Lopez is no better at only 2-for-14. Franklin Gutierrez is the best play here with a 4-for-12 mark against the New York starter. Weird stat from Russell Branyan. He is just 3-for-6 against Vazquez, but all three hits have been for home runs. Vazquez is still 3-1 in June with a 3.00 ERA for the month.
- Even if he were not being an issue in the dugout, it would be unlikely to see B.J. Upton against Daisuke Matsuzaka tonight. Upton is just 1-for-13 lifetime against him. Jason Bartlett and Carl Crawford are no better at 2-for-14 and 3-for-14 respectively. Daisuke is a tough one to start at any point given his inconsistencies, but the numbers are good here.
- Kevin Slowey has had an ugly June. He started the month with two solid starts, but he has now given up 17 runs in his last 12.1 innings pitched in his last three starts and allowed five home runs. The Tigers have hit Slowey well overall. In his only start against them this year, he gave up seven hits, three home runs, and two walks in 5.2 innings.
- Some pitchers just have a guy's number. Jeff Francis seems to know the digits for Adrian Gonzalez, holding him to a .154 average in 26 at-bats with 11 strikeouts. Francis has worked into the seventh inning in each of his last four starts and seems to be getting stronger with each outing. This is a decent matchup for him in Petco.
- Spot Starts: Richard, Volstad, Oliver
- Interesting that Ichiro is a .396 hitter with three home runs in 48 at-bats against C.C. Sabathia. Milton Bradley and Chone Figgins are both above .300 as well, but they are about it for the Mariners in this one. Sabathia is 5-0 in June with a .191 BAA and 2.19 ERA.
- Christian Guzman, Josh Willingham, and Ryan Zimmerman are all worth the start against Johan Santana. Guzman leads the pack, having gone 9-for-19 against the lefty. Both Willingham and Zimmerman are above .300. Adam Dunn is 4-for-8 with two home runs. Avoid Ivan Rodriguez as the catcher has hit just .225 in 40 at-bats against Santana.
- Josh Hamilton has done nothing but hit all of June and he could start July off just as strong. Hamilton is 7-for-18 against Jered Weaver lifetime, good for a .389 mark. Elvus Andrus is 5-for-12 and Michael Young is hitting .295 in 44 at-bats. Look to avoid the numbers of Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler where possible.
- Despite two less-than-stellar home outings in June, Jon Garland has pitched well there for the bulk of the season. He is 4-1 in Petco with a 2.34 ERA there this season. Carlos Gonzalez has raked against him, posting eight hits in 13 at-bats and Melvin Mora is hitting .355 against Garland. Otherwise, not enough history of which to speak.
- Do not look for help from Jason Bay against Livan Hernandez. Bay is only 3-for-14 against the ageless wonder. Jeff Francoeur, though, is 7-for-16 and David Wright has hit .333 in 36 at-bats with four home runs. Hernandez has allowed just five earned runs in his last 19 innings over three starts at home.
- Spot Starts: Masterson, Hernandez, Bumgarner
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